Comerica Park hotdog vendor Charley Marcuse, photographed in 2001. / DFP file photo
DETROIT, Mich. (Detroit Free Press) -- Despite sell-out crowd after sell-out crowd, Comerica Park figures to be a little quieter in the future.
Charley Marcuse, known to Tigers fans and the world alike as the Singing Hot Dog Man, has been fired, he posted on Twitter today.
When reached over the phone by the Free Press this afternoon, Marcuse declined to comment.
He was not an employee of the Tigers but worked for outside vendor Sportservice, which provides venue management for Comerica Park and dozens of stadiums and arenas across the country.
Tigers vice president of communications Ron Colangelo referred questions to Sportservice after pointing out Marcuse was not the team's employee.
The company released this statement:
"While it would be inappropriate to comment on specific confidential personnel action, in general Detroit Sportservice takes personnel action only after a complete and thorough review of an employee's performance, all in accordance with its personnel policies and applicable collective bargaining agreements. Sportservice prides itself on providing the highest level of guest service to enhance the guest experience at Comerica Park. We encourage our vendors to interact and provide an excellent experience for the fans and are proud of the great vendors who are serving fans throughout Comerica Park."
Marcuse tweeted at 4:50 p.m.:
After 15 years the @Tigers finally got what they've aways wanted: I was fired by @delawarenorth #Sportservice this morning. #LongLiveMustard
He considers mustard one of his specialties and has long been an advocate of ketchup-less hot dogs. In 2008, he unveiled Charley's Ballpark Mustard, which, according to his company's website, was an "instant success" and is carried by more than 60 retailers and half a dozen restaurants.
Marcuse has been vending hot dogs since 1999 at Tiger Stadium and did so with an operatic "Hot dogs!" during the games.
He garnered national attention in 2004, when the Tigers banned him from singing. The fan backlash was covered by numerous local and national media outlets and the BBC, and, his company's website says, a compromise was eventually reached:
"To this day Charley's singing is severely restricted - even though fans would like to hear him sing more often."
However, some fans have complained over the years that his singing becomes annoying during games. Marcuse usually worked in the lower bowl, between sections 129 and 133 on the third-base side.
Marcuse also works at a Birmingham men's clothier, The Claymore Shop, as a sales and buying assistant.
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